Wednesday, 1 July 2020

How Districts Are Reopening Schools Around the Country

One of our partner district leaders described making plans in these times as akin to drawing a plan in sand near the beach. Just as you finish the plan, the tide comes in and erases the plan.  What an accurate analogy!  And the truth is some of the very plans we are highlighting below may …

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Principal Corner: Messaging During Difficult Decisions

The Possip team read through tens of thousands of parent comments this past month while reporting on our district re-enrollment pulse checks. We asked parents to make decisions around their preference for reopening schools. They chose between in-person, distance learning, or a staggered hybrid schedule. The data was eye-opening, to say the least. The entire …

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Maximizing Impact Through Strategic Budgeting

Before working at Possip, I worked at Procter & Gamble in Finance for 13 years. I had a number of roles while there including as the leader for the forecasting and budgeting process of Tide the Company’s largest Brand with over $8B in revenue. I held this role during the recession period in 2009 and …

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Preparing for School Reopening During COVID

Our country is thick with 3 challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic, long-standing racial injustices, and economic insecurity.  As schools and districts prepare for the Fall semester, all three of these themes converge. The reality is COVID-19 leads families to have to consider all these issues as they consider their Fall plans.  Through our work with districts …

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Friday, 12 June 2020

For Leaders: Reopening Plans That Hear Voices of Black Families…and Whispers

We believe these steps are great for any school leader.  One of our White team members wrote it to give White leaders, in particular, an additional lens.  Our country is beginning to reopen after unprecedented nationwide closures. Leaders in every company around the world are sharing their detailed plans. The phrases “maintain 6 feet of …

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The Power of Listening

Lately, I have been reflecting on the power of listening.  Good listening is a spiritual effort.  It sounds a bit extreme – and I am far from the listener I aim to be. Yet my limits shouldn’t define aspirations. As we think about what could have happened if the police officers in the George Floyd case …

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Teacher Schedules: New Normal, New Opportunity

Routines, schedules, and consistency are the guiding principles in the life of a teacher. Teachers plan their bathroom breaks to the second, their planning period work time to the minute, and create time-stamped lesson plans. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown that into a loop. Many teachers are at home without their productive, student-focused, and comfortable …

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